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[pct-l] Ice Axe Experience question
in 1998, i passesd a thru-hiker near Carson Pass who said that he not
only used his ice axe, but that the strap on his wrist saved is life
because he couldn't hold on to the axe
also, if you use the axe correctly, you should be using it BEFORE you
fall to cut steps in the snow so that you reduce your chances of
falling. in addition, carrying the axe on a slope in you uphill hand
can mitigate falls before they get out of control so that they
are "slips" rather than "falls". this has happened to me on numerous
occasions on and off the PCT.
> PCT Thru-hikers,
> I am trying to decide on Ice Axe or light weight crampons for next
> year's PCT.
> I have read many stories and trail journals where hikers fell going up
> or down a snowy pass with their Ice Axe safely strapped to their pack.
> I do not recall hearing where the Ice Axe was actually out and used
> for self arrest while thru-hiking the PCT.
> If you have used your ice axe for self arrest while hiking the PCT or
> know of someone who has, could you share your experience please?
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